In 1940 she bought a mansion, designed by Stanford White at 1044 Pine Street which became the most famous bordello in the country. Sally’s girls were the prettiest and most elegantly gowned, her place the most sumptuous. The most powerful politicians, businessmen and actors flocked to her establishment. Errol Flynn and Frank Sinatra were regular customers. But Sally had strict standards of behavior at her place. She once and threw Humphrey Bogart out of her house for being drunk and obnoxious.
She even played a role in establishing world peace in 1945.
Columnist Herb Caen claimed that the United Nations was founded at her bordello because many of the delegates at the founding conference in June 1945, were her customers and a large part of the actual negotiations took place in her living room.
In 1949 Pat Brown then district attorney, later governor Pat Brown and father of current California governor jerry Brown, raided her house and she closed her business.
Sally took her money and opened Valhalla, a successful restaurant in Sausalito.
Sally decided to get into local politics when her request for a restaurnt sign was turned down by the Sausalito city government. She was defeated her first five attempts but was unfazed. “ We sinners don’t give up, “ she declared. She won on her sixth attempt and was eventually elected mayor. Sally was a woman of impulsive charity. She often picked up the check for soldiers who ate at her restaurant. She would read of the death of a homeless man and anonymously pay for his funeral. She would send money in unmarked envelopes to disaster victims and contributed generously to various charities.
She died in 1982.
She once said “Madaming is the sort of thing that happens to you—like getting a battlefield commission or becoming the dean of women at Stanford University.[
Quite a career path Sally had. From Bootlegger to madam to mayor. I’d like to close with another quotation from Sally about San Francisco
They were a wonderful set of burglars the people who were running San Francisco when I first came to town in 1923, wonderful because if they were stealing, they were doing it with class and style.